n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Tune in while you tune out : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



While I was training in the gym last week I counted 23 out of the 49 people in the gym at that time with earphones and music devices. The people using these devices ranged from young, body-conscious teenagers, to older folk, old enough to be their grandparents. Whatever they were listening to remained a mystery but a safe bet would be anything from classical to golden oldies to hip-hop. There is no doubt that this new exercise-associated behaviour is here to stay. There were a few false starts in the 1980s and 1990s with appearance of the popular Sony walkmans, but they were too bulky and were not widely used during exercise. Furthermore, it was mostly the younger generation that used these music players in public.

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